We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah O’Connor and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarah, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
My favorite kind of affirmation is gratitude. Gratitude is being thankful and appreciative for what you’re given, who you are, and all that you can achieve. Gratitude, I feel, is a healthy and healing form of affirmation. It may seem cliché, but I feel that a daily practice of gratitude can be fulfilling. I feel that it is a great way of reframing your way of thinking. Personally, It changes my mindset to be more positive, attentive, and open minded what could happen. I enjoy making a gratitude journal to constantly remind myself that even if I’m having a rough day there is still something to be thankful for. Remembering what I am grateful for affirms me that I am doing the best I can, I’m on on the right track and I’ll be ok.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art is a piece of me like many others artist art is to them. My works anywhere from drawings, inkings, paintings, fiber arts and hand made craft and media pieces each describe a piece of me. It is hard to have a favorite style of art and form of creativity. Each form art that I create benefits me and helps me flourish. The inkings, drawings and paintings I create describe my attention to detail, my thought process, and helps me organize my feelings and emotions. My fiber art pieces bring out my child like way of thinking, a style of creativity easier to express through my hands, and my brainstorming process. Currently in my art career I have the fortunate ability and possibility to teach elementary and middle school children at a private art studio. I teach them how to draw, paint, use variety of mediums, learn about art history and understand the fundamental of art. Keep trying and keep learning. I feel that if I am not trying or learning it’ll take me longer to get to where I want to be. I feel that I am still very early and young in my art career. My journey so far has been exciting and fulfilling. There is still a lot to learn, paths to take, people to meet and mistakes to be made. I would love to never stop learning. I feel that it is so exciting, healthy, and beneficial.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Mornings visit at my favorite tea shop, Harmony Tea Bar. Grab a tea and do some reading, small talk and doodling to start our days. Afternoons grab some tacos and fries from Papa’s Tacos and stop at any pocket beach up along PCH. I love Tablerock beach in Laguna Beach. It’s so quite, has beautiful views on the way down and on the beach. It’s an awesome location to doodle, dip your toes in the water, and enjoy your food. It’s never orderly crowed. After our time at the beach stop by Laguna Beach Brewery up the street or up at Salty Bear Brewery in Costa Mesa. Both are sweet spots to enjoy a beer, chat with some friends and listen to some music. Also we’d go on some nice nature walks through local and state parks. In the evenings on of many things to do and places to visit. Anaheim Packing District Movie night at Century Movie theater in Huntington Beach with all the movie goodies, popcorn, slushes, and candy. Staying in at home watching a movie, baking, playing some board games and enjoying some hot chocolate, wine or whatever we’re feeling.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Family, loved ones and artist friends will always be, as over stated as it can be, my biggest supporters and best forms of guidance. They are always there open to giving me advice, positive affirmation, and help me brainstorm new ideas for future art pieces. They give me the recognition I need but always the healthy wake up calls and truths we all need to hear. My fellow artist friends that I’ve made through the years, especially thorough college, are ones I hold near and dear to my heart. It is an understated act that artists do for each other, where we produce work to inspire others but we also produce work because we are inspired from others. Artist feed off each other in ways where it helps us create work that describes who we are and how we feel and think. Being artist we are expressing so much to where it can be hard to put into words. Our art can be open to interpretation in such a way that we may not be able to express verbally. My artists friends and I have this healthy give and take relationship to where we help each other flourish.